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Thursday, April 09, 2015

CD Review: Babelfish - Chasing Rainbows

Brigitte Beraha (vcl); Barry Green (pno); Chris Laurence (bs); Paul Clarvis (perc).
(Review by Lance).
Brigitte Beraha, it would appear, has been round the block a few times - her CV includes commendations from Dame Cleo and the late Sir John, two folk who know/knew a thing or two. John Fordham also gave her the thumbs up 2/3 yearsback. Our dear friend Sebastian Scotney tells me of the high regard Babelfish is held in UK jazz circles and it far beholds me to disagree.
How could I? This is quite a momentous recording!
Beraha has an amazing range that she uses creatively rather than for mere effect although effective it certainly is. The blurb makes comparisions with Norma Winstone and this singer is up  there in that league.
And what a choice of material - not a Gasser among them - instead we have originals by the lady herself and pianist Green - Steve Lacy, Aaron Copland, Fred Chopin, Yeats and Benjie Britton are also in there.
Birgette's Confusion is indeed that! Your Turn to Ask is Lacy's take on Monk's Ask Me Now. You want WOW! - you got it!
My apologies if  I've given the impression that this is a one woman show - BB does dominate but Barry Green's piano should not be overlooked. Barry, from, I think, Teesside, is an ace accompanist and most times when I've been to the Spice of Life in Soho Barry has been the power behind the performers. He also provided solid support for Sarah Ellen Hughes when Sarah was treading the jazz boards (How are you doing these days Sarah?)
Laurence and Clavis do there bit.
Quite a voice! Quite a band!
Superb!
Lance.
Babelfish - Chasing Rainbows released on Moletone Records (006) on April 27.
CD Launch @ Pizza Express, Dean St., London on April 21.

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